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January 12, 2017 • Vol. 94, No. 1 “For God & Country”


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Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

The mission of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

Annual Snowflake Ski Jump Free to Legionnaires

If you like the great outdoors and snow, here’s a winter event you won’t want to miss! On Friday evening, February 4th and the following day there will be Ski Jumping in Southwestern Wisconsin. Be sure you don’t miss this fun and thrilling winter event. Veterans and Military Service members will be admitted free of charge! At one time, there were many ski jumping hills throughout the state, including one on the UW Madison campus near Bascom Hill. Several jumping sites and clubs survive, with the best known being in Westby and Eau Claire. Competitions

that attract international jumpers are held at those sites annually. The 94th Annual Snowflake Ski Tournament will be held on Friday, February 4th and Saturday, February 5th at the Snowflake Ski Club near Westby, 25 miles southeast of La Crosse. There will be over twenty jumpers from across the US, and foreign jumpers from Finland, Norway, and Slovenia . All jumps will be on a “118 meter hill,” which is the same sized jump used in Olympic competition. The competition on Friday will begin at 7 PM with opening ceremonies.

Jumping at night under lights provides an exciting party atmosphere! It will feature warming fires, tailgating and a dance after the competition is done. Saturday’s competition will begin at noon, and generally is more family oriented. Results of both competitions will be used to determine tournament winners. In addition to the normal jumping for points seen during the Olympics, there will be a crowd-pleasing “Standing Long Jump” where jumpers who are brave enough try to have the longest jump of the day without falling. This is normally when new hill

records are set! The Snowflake Queen and her court “pass the hat” among spectators to build up a pot of money for the daring jumper who wins. There will be opportunities for children to dig in a large snow pile for over $100 in quarters on Saturday. Horse drawn rides on Saturday will be available for a small donation. An excellent food stand will provide refreshments both days, and there will be rendezvouers camping on the site and selling pelts and caps. The Snowflake Ski Club, in conjunction with Logistics Health of La Crosse, is (continued on Page 5)



On Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th, a contingent of District 1 Legion Riders appeared on “The Morning Blend”, a show broadcast by WTMJ-TV4 in Milwaukee. The Riders were honored to present our mission, our history and our love of the Legion during their 15 minutes of fame, (which lasted about 8 minutes). Pictured here are the Riders presenting a certificate of appreciation to show hosts Tiffany Ogle and Molly Fay. The snazzy bike is owned by Pat “Maverick” Mitchell.

The Clarence Bean-Warren George Post No. 67 of Lake Mills held a community fund raiser for the purpose of raising enough money to purchase a Memorial Stone for their Post home. A surplus of $11,000 was realized after the $7,000 monument was purchased and the excess was divided between the Madison Honor Flight and Camp American Legion. These funds were received from the Lake Mills Community. Pictured here at the check presentation from left to right are Memorial Stone Committee member Tracy Messerschmidt, Post Commander David Behling and Camp American Legion Committee Chairman Rich Ruland.

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Badger Legionnaire Veterans Benefits Scholarships

January 2017 cover  

Badger Legionnaire Veterans Benefits Scholarships